I start this off by saying that I hate the "star" system. The whole idea of musicians as idols makes me wince. Most pop musicians are much like you and me. There, the bubble is burst.
I've met many musicians and interviewed quite a few, but in all my years as an adoring fan and music lover, only once did I go out of my way to get an autograph.
The musician is Ray Davies, brother of Dave and main songwriter of The Kinks. Ray is our guest DJ on this week's All Songs Considered, which will be posted online Thursday afternoon.
To this day, I don't know why I did it -- why I went to a Holiday Inn in College Park, Md., and stalked the lobby. I was nervous and I had nothing really smart to say, though I did hold in my hands their new LP that had come out that morning, so there was a chance they would get to see the final version of their own record for the first time. At least that was something to talk about.
Then it happened: unmistakeable amongst the guests in the lobby of the Holiday Inn, Ray and Dave Davies and keyboardist John Gosling making breakfast plans. And me, lone fan stalking.
What I remember is that they were gracious and happy to see their LP Soap Opera for the first time. I think they pulled out the pen -- I forgot to bring one -- and I said thank you for all the tunes that got me through so many emotional times. And that was that.
Have you ever cared to get an autograph? Were you ever pleased to meet your musical idol -- or displeased?
Put your John Hancock to this blog and let us know.